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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 16, 2010 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Billy Kreutzmann

"If anything, it's about the nature of drums and whether drumming can be so utterly and absolutely distinctive as to be irreplaceable, not just for the Dead, but potentially for almost any band. "

Can you name a single other drummer that excels at playing as many different styles as Bill K?

The reason why I love the GD so much is because they integrated so many styles into their music: rock and roll, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, funk, motown, even disco (gasp!) and I'm sure I'm missing some influences there.

I don't think there is another drummer out there that has played so many different styles with one single band and excelled at all of them. The drummer is not the most glorious role in a musical group but without a drummer that can both listen and respond and also lead the band, the GD would have sounded flat. His versatility gave them the ability to explore many different dimensions of musical expression.